Presidential Post-Doc, Hispanic Studies
I study the intersections of sex, gender, and race in nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American and Iberian literatures and cultures. I specifically draw from critical queer, race, modernist, and postcolonial studies to examine how Spanish, Cuban, and Brazilian writers portray marginalized individuals in their works and how these subjects exercise their free will and agency to navigate and subvert systems of oppression.
My dissertation, “Inverting (Trans)Modern Subjects: Toward a (Re)Vision of Sex, Gender, and Race in Two Novels by Alfonso Hernández-Catá (1885-1940),” critically analyzes inversion as a literary trope in two novels by cosmopolitan writer and Cuban diplomat to Latin America and Europe, Alfonso Hernández-Catá: La piel (1913) and El ángel de Sodoma (1928). I (re)examine how these texts revise the stigmatization of sex, gender, and racial difference in modern contexts and how the characters in his texts subvert the oppressive ways in which sex, gender, and racial biases and discourses were symbolically constructed and practiced in European and Latin American societies during the first third of the twentieth century.
Of Puerto Rican heritage, I am a native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up in Union City, New Jersey. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American & Latinx Studies from Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) and am the first in my family to earn a master’s and doctoral degree (both at UChicago). I have also served on diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs in higher education.